November 23rd, 2010
07:20 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

10:30 am ET - Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan - Army Col. Willard Burleson briefs reporters to update current operations in Afghanistan.

11:20 am ET - Astronauts talk to students - Astronauts aboard the international space station speak with students from two Washington, DC, middle schools about living and working in space.

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Filed under: On CNN.com today
November 23rd, 2010
07:10 AM ET

Prince William and Kate to marry in April

The United Kingdom royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will happen on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, the royal family said. Watch the couple's first post-engagement interview.

The date is the first Friday after Easter. "The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of the prince and princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947," Prince Charles' spokeswoman said in a statement.

The thousand-year-old Westminster Abbey has been the favorite of royal fans, the media, and bookies ever since the couple announced their engagement a week ago.

Middleton was photographed leaving the Abbey last week with her parents, and British newspapers reported they had a private after-hours tour.

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Filed under: Prince William • United Kingdom
November 23rd, 2010
04:40 AM ET

Earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the New Britain region of Papua New  Guinea Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the quake, which hit at 7:01 p.m. (4:01 a.m. ET) was  located 70 kilometers (43 miles) west-northwest of Kandrian, New Britain  Island, according to the USGS.

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Filed under: World Update
November 23rd, 2010
02:39 AM ET

Middle school students to hear from astronauts in space

A group of Washington middle school students are about to get a science lesson that is truly out of this world.

Students from Hart Middle School and Deal Middle School will participate in a (very) long-distance call with astronauts Scott Kelly, Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock on Tuesday.

The astronauts, residents of the orbiting International Space Station, are conducting science experiments aboard the space station for about six months.

NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join the students to discuss living and working in space with the International Space Station crew, NASA said

"The live, in-flight education downlink is one of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," NASA's website states.

The live event is hosted by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education, NASA said. It was developed with the help of Teach for America educators at the two middle schools.

The transmission is scheduled for 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. ET and will air live on NASA Television and on the agency's website.

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Filed under: Education • Human rights
November 23rd, 2010
02:26 AM ET

Massachusetts OKs power deal for offshore wind project

The nation's first proposed offshore wind farm got another big boost Monday, when Massachusetts' utility regulator approved a 15-year power purchase between the project's developer and its first client, National Grid.

Developers still need to secure permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Still, Monday's announcement marks a major milestone for the effort, giving the project a much-needed revenue stream ahead of planned construction.

"It is abundantly clear that the Cape Wind facility offers significant benefits that are not currently available from any other renewable resource," Ann Berwick, chair of the state utilities department, wrote in a press release. "These benefits outweigh the costs of the project."

The Cape Wind project, which has bitterly divided residents and power brokers in Massachusetts for the past decade, consists of 130 wind turbines to be located off the coast in the iconic Nantucket Sound.

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy, a champion of green energy and recreational sailor whose family compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts, would overlook the turbines, was among those who opposed the effort. But it had the support of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a fellow Democrat, and, ultimately, President Obama's administration.

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Filed under: Environment • Politics
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